American manufacturer of various network equipment for home and small businesses. Belonged for a while Cisco Systems. Inc.. - during this period, its full name sounded like Linksys by Cisco. Then, Linksys moved under company control Belkin.
Founded Linksys in 1988, immigrants from Taiwan - a married couple Jenny and Victor Cao (Janie Tsao, Victor Tsao). By that time they had already lived in America for twenty long years. Lean and prudent, they built the company through painstaking and hard work. Like many companies of that time, Linksys I started out in a garage converted into a workshop. Their first products were distributors for printers, which allowed one printer to be connected to several computers. In the future, Jenny will say that “Everyone started in the garage”. The most interesting thing is that, having started his own business, Victor continued to work in a diner Taco Bell - and until 1991, after which he finally plunged into his business, giving him at least 100 hours a week. In the same 1991, the company has its first office.
Gradually, the range of network equipment produced began to grow, and after a few years, the company's revenues were already in the millions of dollars.
The real success came to the company in 1995, when Windows 95 appeared. Thanks to this system, computer networks came to the masses. Previously, setting up a network was a time-consuming process that required a certain set of knowledge. Now everything has become much easier. The massive emergence of home networks had a positive impact on the development Linksys. Income starts to run into the millions of dollars.
The year 2001 was notable for the fact that the first million Cable / DSL Routers were sold, which made Linksys the largest manufacturer of such products in the USA. In 2003, as already mentioned above, the company was taken over by Cisco Systems, Inc.. The Cao couple celebrated this event by going on vacation for the first time in their company's history. For four whole days they indulged in idleness. Since 2008 in the composition Linksys the company was integrated Pure Networks, which previously produced software for it.
And at the beginning of 2013 Linksys went to Belkin - an American manufacturer of all kinds of accessories for home users. Unfortunately, it is not known how the Cao couple behaved in this case.